Dec 28, 2020
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WSJ: Kremlin actions strengthened Russia’s influence in 2020

In 2020, the Russian authorities have taken a number of steps that can help strengthen the country’s influence abroad, American experts say. According to them, Russian President Vladimir Putin “acted in November as a mediator between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the signing of peace agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh.”

Moscow’s involvement in the settlement process has strengthened its Kremlin status as a broker in the region and ensured influence over both republics. writes Wall Street Magazine.

The Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities are likely to be more respectful of the Russian Federation, as they depend on [руководителя РФ Владимира] Putin on preventing the resumption of fighting in the South Caucasus, – says the material.

Analysts also noted the concluded agreements on the supply of the Sputnik V vaccine against the new coronavirus, which will allow the Russian Federation to use “soft power” in relation to the countries with which relevant contracts have been signed, especially in South America and the Middle East. In addition, Moscow’s support for Minsk will help the Kremlin to exert more influence over Belarus.

In addition, journalists predict tensions in relations between the Russian Federation and the United States under the newly elected President Joe Biden.

Earlier reported that the disconnection of the Russian financial system from the international payment system SWIFT would become a likely scenario of sanctions against Russia during the next administration of the White House. This was stated by an expert in the field of cybersecurity from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, James Andrew Lewis.

However, six years ago, in 2014, Russia created an alternative to SWIFT – the Financial Messaging System (FMS). All Russian banks and companies, as well as about a dozen foreign banks from the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), were connected to it. Experts emphasize that thanks to this, Russia, like its partners, is ready for a possible disconnection from SWIFT.


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